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Resin Rockers Perfect Pour 1:1 Epoxy Resin FAQs & Pro Tips

Previously known as Resin Rockers 1:1

Hang tight! You need to do a few things first!

Safety first! Prior to starting your resin project, it is imperative to prioritize safety measures. Equip yourself with appropriate safety gear including a respirator mask, nitrile gloves, and suitable eyewear. Exercise caution when handling chemicals.

Prep your tools and work area. Select an environment that maintains a consistent temperature of 75-85°F with low humidity, ensuring that your resin kit has been stored under similar conditions for optimal results. We recommend preheating your resin by immersing Bottle A in warm water for 15-20 minutes before mixing to minimize the formation of bubbles. Additionally, ensure cleanliness in your workspace and tools, eliminating any dust, lint, or foreign materials. Thoroughly rinse and dry mixing cups before use, ensuring they are free of dust. Furthermore, ensure your work surface is level to prevent irregularities in the final product.

Prepare the resin and hardener. Measure equal parts of base resin (A) and hardener (B) by liquid volume. A deviation from the 1:1 ratio may inhibit proper curing. Utilize tools such as a measuring cup or syringe for accurate measurements.

Mix. Thorough mixing is vital; stir the components for 3 minutes, scraping the container's sides. Transferring the mixture to a clean container for a secondary mixing pass minimizes the risk of uneven distribution. It is crucial to work with small batches to manage the resin's mass dependency, which affects working time and heat generation. Allow the mixture to rest. This gives the bubbles a chance to escape. They will rise to the top and pop.

Pour the mixture over the surface or into your mold. Be sure to only pour up to 1/4" thick. Pour shallow and pour in layers. When layering, pour the second layer when the first is still slightly sticky (about 12ish hours). Don't scrape the cup when pouring. It can cause the unmixed portions to interfere with your clarity, evenness, and the final cure.

Got bubbles? Address any bubbles present using heat or 91% isopropyl alcohol. Apply heat briefly to eliminate bubbles, but exercise caution not to overheat and damage the resin. A single spritz of rubbing alcohol can also aid in the removal of surface bubbles. If layering, repeat this process for each resin layer. 

Cure time. With a working time of approximately 50-60 minutes, you should achieve a workable cure within 24 hours, and a full cure in 72 hours. While de-molding can be done at 10-12 hours, allowing a full 24 hours ensures a more rock hard, fully cured result.

*Pro tip: Protect your masterpiece from dust and debris during the curing process by covering it.

Epoxy Crystallization

Does your resin look cloudy, thick, or crystallized?
Don’t worry! There is an easy fix.

What is it?
Crystallization of epoxy resin is a common issue due to being exposed to low temperatures at night and during seasonal changes. It is a phase change from a liquid state to the natural solid state of epoxy resin. Epoxy is a "super-cooled" liquid, meaning it stays liquid even below its freezing point. Super-cooled liquids naturally form crystals at lower temperatures.

How to Restore Epoxy Resin
Before using a Resin Rockers Epoxy Resin kit, it should be inspected for crystallization. If crystallization has occurred, don't worry - it is an easy fix! Simply reconstitute the product by warming part A in hot tap water (131-149°F) until it becomes fully liquid again. Do not put in water hotter than 149°F. Swap the water out if needed until the resin looks clear.


How long is the working time with Resin Rockers Premium Pour 1:1 Epoxy Resin?
The working time is completely dependent upon your work environment (temperature and humidity). The colder the temp or the more humid the environment, the slower the cure. It also depends on the depth of the pour. If you are using this as a coating resin, it will cure rock solid within 20-24 hours. If you are pouring in 1/4 of an inch layers, it will take about 24 hours.

What is the heat resistance of the 1:1?
282 Degrees F

How do I know my piece is cured?
It will not be sticky to the touch. We always recommend you at least give it 24 hours before checking. A warmer room will help to speed up the cure.

Why is my piece flimsy?
You may not have mixed the resin and hardener enough. You also need to remember to transfer it to a new cup before the pour. Environment can also be a contributing factor. Very humid or cold environments can delay or even prevent the proper cure. Low quality alcohol inks can also affect the ability to cure properly.

Why isn’t the epoxy sticking to the surface of the acrylic blank or other surfaces when coating?
Like all epoxies, you must first prep the surface by sanding and cleaning with rubbing alcohol and a lint-free cloth. If you do not rough up the surface, the epoxy has nothing to adhere to. This goes for tumblers also.

Our resin is not a fast-set resin. It is also thinner than most so you may have to use more than other fast-sets but the end result is worth it. Does it matter what kind of glitter I use?

YES! Always check the label and make sure it is manufactured with PET – a high heat and solvent resistant material. 

Can I mix epoxy and UV?
No, not in a liquid state. You can however dome your pieces made with epoxy once they are cured or layer pieces by lightly sanding with 1200-grit sand paper, wiping with rubbing alcohol, then finishing.

What happens if my Part A (RESIN) turns crystal-like or thick over time?
This can happen due to a temperature shock, especially during very hot or very cold climate changes. This can also happen if you are storing your resin in a humid environment, allowing water vapor to enter the bottle. If this happens there is an easy fix. Simply place your Part A bottle in a hot water bath with the lid off (hot cup or bucket of water), keep switching the water out to make sure it is still hot, until the resin is restored to its normal state.  You may also pour it in a cup and bathe it in another cup of hot water and stir until it restores if your bottle is large. This formula is sensitive to storing it per the guidelines is every important.

Is Resin Rockers Perfect Pour 1:1 Epoxy Resin safe?
Absolutely - if you use the proper protective equipment! Formula is FDA Compliant. It is non-toxic once cured and is safe to use inside as long as you are in a well-ventilated area. Epoxy resin is a chemical. It is important to protect yourself by wearing nitrile gloves, long sleeves, and a the proper mask. List of recommended safety products

Is Resin Rockers Perfect Pour 1:1 Epoxy Resin FDA food grade?
Formula is FDA Compliant. To consider a product food safe, the end product must be tested. Since every project is made by a different person, a different way, every product would have to be tested individually. However, once Resin Rockers 1:1 Resin fully cures, if prepared properly, it becomes food safe, per FDA code 21CFR175.300.

Can Resin Rockers Perfect Pour 1:1 Resin be used to coat tumblers?
Absolutely! Most resin artists prefer our resin due to its clarity, quick cure, and less fuss with micro-bubbles! It has a premium UV inhibitor providing excellent protection  from yellowing for 1+ years depending on the level of sun exposure. Keep in mind this not your average epoxy.  Resin Rockers takes a bit of a learning curve, especially with spray paint. 

How is Resin Rockers Perfect Pour 1:1 Resin different from other tumbler resins?
Our resin is not a fast-set resin. It is also thinner than most so you may have to use more than other fast-sets but the end result is worth it. 

Can I use Resin Rockers Perfect Pour 1:1 Resin on tumblers if coated with spray paint?
As long as the spray paint is matte, not glossy, completely dry, and you have followed the proper instructions to prep the cup beforehand, it should be fine. Artists who use our products solely love the end results. 

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